「私のせいじゃない、よね？」 (Watashi no Sei ja nai, yo ne?)
“This Isn’t My Fault, Is It?”
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? celebrates its 20th episode by giving us a general idea of how many of the world’s current struggles are the end result of Kumoko’s efforts to infiltrate human society. Although she only wanted to do what’s best for little baby Sophia, she bites off more than she can chew when her problems go beyond just being able to beat whatever strong opponents come her way.
It’s actually very interesting for Kumoko to have to take on some more introspective struggles outside of combat. Mainly, it’s figuring out how her actions end up factoring into the geopolitical sphere of the world that surrounds her. All it takes to kickstart a massive war with Sophia’s town is for Kumoko to get her revenge on a diplomat from the Kingdom of Ohts who appears to also be attempting a hostile plot against Sophia’s family. But from there, Ohts consults all of their neighboring villages, including the Kingdom of Hall, to fuel what looks like the beginning of the human world’s ongoing battles that will last well into the future.
And this all happens shortly after she gets a warning from the demon administrator Guiliedistordiez (or Gilly-Gilly) that she’ll end up putting both herself and the demon world in a tough spot if she continues interacting with humans. Although she sticks by her guns on both her human interactions and being unable to control the Body Brain that is attacking Ariel, it was a nice, cordial conversation between two people that felt bad for each other.
Because their circumstances force them to be unable to give each other the responses they would’ve wanted, it ended up not being as hostile or bitter as it could’ve been. Gilly-Gilly is guilty that Kumoko got roped into all of this, to begin with, and that he’s placing high expectations on her to restrict herself after having struggled to escape the labyrinth. Meanwhile, Kumoko feels guilty because Gilly-Gilly is kindly trying to keep the peace and avoid triggering a long, drawn-out battle that would be a major inconvenience for him and his boss. On top of all of this, even if she wanted to bury the hatchet with Ariel, her lack of control over her Body Brain makes it so that there wouldn’t be an answer she could give him that’d give him a sense of relief.
On Shun’s side, we get a better understanding of where Filmos is coming from and why she played a role in abducting the reincarnated students. Predictably, the limitations of the skill that only allow her to have a list of the students that live and died while keeping their cause of death a secret would feed the misunderstanding that she was pleased with having them trapped in a prison camp. But that’d be the unfortunate consequence of being reincarnated as the daughter of Potimus, making it so that the one person that would listen to you and help you save your students would be a vicious tyrant who gets something a little more out of kidnapping reincarnations.
But ultimately, the human side looks like it’s gearing towards giving us a war arc as Hugo’s army starts making their way towards Shun. Similarly, the ending gives us a gist of what Ariel’s army will end up looking like as they all begin to converge on a messy battlefield. Time will tell how these battles will fare, but for now, it’s looking like things will be heating up in the next episode as the present-day global conflict amps up.